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Pistachio-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Use strawberry jam, not preserves, for this recipe. The smooth texture makes neat sandwiches.

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  • Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
Pistachio-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam


  1. In a food processor, process butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until smooth. Add flour and pulse until a dough forms. Stir in pistachios. Shape dough into two 8-inchlong logs, tightly wrap in plastic, and freeze until firm, 30 minutes (or up to 1 month).

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are set and barely golden at edges, 10 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

  3. Spread 1/2 teaspoon jam on bottoms of half the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies.

Cook's Note

Store in airtight containers, up to 1 week.

Reviews (5)

  • fernpms 11 Dec, 2014

    Any tips on getting the dough into a perfect cylinder?

  • Joce0 5 Oct, 2013

    Great cookie. I was a little intimidated by the crumbly dough, but they were fantastic. The smaller you chop the pistachios, the easier it is to cut thinner cookies. Looking forward to making them again!

  • chmurag 6 Feb, 2013

    Delicious! Dough is difficult to handle because it is crumbly, but worth the bother. I used raspberry jam instead. Yum!

  • CarleeLocks 4 Jan, 2013

    1/4 inch slices are a bit too large. The recipe other than that is simple and produces a beautiful, tasty cookie!

  • Allybean 28 Nov, 2012

    This is a good cookie and a nice change from all the traditional holiday cookies. The only thing I will change for the next time - cut cookies thinner.

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